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It Happened One Night
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It Happened One Night

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Director: Frank Capra, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

Cast: Frank Capra, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly

 

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The very definition of "screwball classic," this film is complemented by this excellent disc. The film is presented in its original full-screen (standard) format with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The sound is in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. The print quality is exceptional, with a nice balance of blacks and whites. Audio choices are English and Spanish with subtitles in

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The very definition of "screwball classic," this film is complemented by this excellent disc. The film is presented in its original full-screen (standard) format with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The sound is in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. The print quality is exceptional, with a nice balance of blacks and whites. Audio choices are English and Spanish with subtitles in these two languages as well as Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. There is also a commentary track offered by Frank Capra Jr. that focuses on the very creation of the film; though there are some pauses, it is definitely worth a listen. Other "Special Features" include a brief interview with Capra Jr. in which he discusses his personal relationship to the film. A "Vintage Advertising" section features 12 lobby cards and posters for the film. Also included is the hour-long Lux Radio broadcast of It Happened One Night, which originally aired on March 20, 1939, and includes the two main stars of the film, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Theatrical trailers for the features Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Lost Horizon are also included. There are "Talent File" listings for Capra, Gable, and Colbert. A great disc for a great film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
The first of the delightful screwball comedies of the 1930s, It Happened One Night was also the first film to sweep up every major Academy Award. It is one of those movies where all the elements came together magically: Robert Riskin's charming script, Frank Capra's superb direction, and two sparkling performances by Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, whose chemistry as the sparring rich girl/poor boy duo lights up the screen. Undershirt sales plummeted when Gable appeared in the famous motel room scene without one; he was never sexier than as the rough-and-tumble newspaper reporter chasing Colbert's runaway heiress, on her way to New York City by bus to elope with a gigolo. Unfolding against a richly atmospheric backdrop of Depression-era America, It Happened One Night combines Capra's trademark populism with humor and madcap romance. It remains the gold standard for romantic comedies.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Scripted by Capra's frequent collaborator Robert Riskin, Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934) became the prototypical screwball comedy and elevated Columbia Pictures from Poverty Row status to respectable "major minor" studio. Starring Clark Gable, on loan from MGM as punishment, and Claudette Colbert, on loan from Paramount for twice her usual pay, Capra's and Riskin's comic romance between a down-to-earth newspaper reporter and a spoiled runaway heiress set the standard for screwball. Its fast-paced repartee, kooky heroine, witty gags, and class-crossing love story became hallmarks of the genre in such later films as My Man Godfrey (1936) and Bringing Up Baby (1938); the overt lustiness barred by the 1934 Production Code was transmuted into clever banter and the romance conveyed an ideal Depression-era fantasy. A critical and commercial hit, It Happened One Night was the first film to sweep the top five Oscars, rewarding Capra, Riskin, Gable, and Colbert, and fulfilling Columbia impresario Harry Cohn's desire to turn his B-studio into a class act. Undershirt sales reportedly plummeted when Gable revealed on screen that he wasn't wearing one.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/1999
UPC:
0043396039490
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
23,307

Special Features

Frank Capra, Jr. remembers "It Happened One Night"; Frank Capra, Jr. audio commentary; Digitally remastered audio & video; Original live radio broadcast; Languages: English, Spanish; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Talent files; Vintage advertising; Original theatrical trailer; Bonus trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Peter Warne
Claudette Colbert Ellie Andrews
Walter Connolly Alexander Andrews
Roscoe Karns Oscar Shapeley
Jameson Thomas King Westley
Claire McDowell Mother
Alan Hale Danker
Ernie S. Adams Actor
Irving Bacon Station Attendant
Ward Bond Bus Driver
Harry C. Bradley Henderson
George Breakston Boy
Charles D. Brown Reporter
James Burke Actor
Edmund Burns Best Man
Douglas Carter Actor
Eddy Chandler Bus Driver
Wallis Clark Lovington
Joseph Crehan Detective
Mickey Daniels Vender
Eva Dennison Society Woman
Neal Dodd Minister
Oliver Eckhardt Dykes
Billy Engle Actor
Bess Flowers Secretary
Blanche Frederici Zeke's Wife
Kit Guard Bus Passenger
Sherry Hall Reporter
Frank Holliday Actor
Harry Holman Auto Camp Manager
Arthur Hoyt Zeke
Eddie Kane Radio Announcer
Milt Kibbee Reporter
Earl Pingree Actor
Hal Price Reporter
Tom Ricketts Prissy Old Man
Matty Roubert Newsboy
Bert Starkey Actor
Harry Todd Flag Man
Maidel Turner Manager's Wife
Henry Wadsworth Drunk Boy
Fred Walton Butler
Dave Wengren Actor
Charles Wilson Joe Gordon
Frank Yaconelli Tony
Ky Robinson Actor
Ethel Sykes Maid of Honor

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director,Producer
Edward Bernds Sound Mixer
Harry Cohn Producer
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Gene Havlick Editor
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:02]
2. Hunger Strike [2:32]
3. History in the Making [2:25]
4. Last Seats [3:08]
5. Stolen Luggage [3:47]
6. "Wait for Me." [1:39]
7. Missed Connections [3:11]
8. Collect Telegram [:50]
9. "My Name's Shapely." [4:38]
10. Dyke's Auto Camp [3:49]
11. Walls of Jericho [7:31]
12. Ladies' Shower [1:31]
13. Art of Dunking [2:31]
14. "Quit Bawlin'!" [4:51]
15. "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" [4:31]
16. "Machine Gun" Shapely [6:09]
17. Haystacks for Two [5:14]
18. Hitchhiker's Guide [4:30]
19. Road Thief [4:54]
20. Cabin for the Night [1:00]
21. On the Level [9:16]
22. "You'll Have to Get." [1:35]
23. Ellie goes home [3:18]
24. "What's the matter?" [4:28]
25. $39.60 [7:02]
26. The Wedding [4:28]
27. Runaway Bride [2:26]
28. "Let 'em Topple." [:35]

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It Happened One Night 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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I am very disappointed by the Criterion Blu Ray edition - very poor restoration, extremely grainy picture which is sometimes too dark, sometimes too washed out. If you're not willing to do the job right, don't do it at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful: It one best picture for a reason, especially since it was a comedy! With Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert leading this film you won't find anything wrong. This is another masterpiece by the legendary Frank Captra. Get it, your missing out! 
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IF YOU EVER WANT TO SEE A FILM THAT HAS EVERYTHING; THIS IS IT...I HAVE SEEN THIS FILM SO MANY TIMES AND IT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME HOW WELL IT HOLDS UP AND JUST WHAT A FINE FILM IT IS. THE COMIC MOMENTS ARE SUBLIME AND AS IN ALL FRANK CAPRA MOVIES THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS ADD THAT MAGIC THAT MAKES THIS FILM SO SPECIAL. CLARK GABLE AT HIS BEST AND CLAUDETTE COLBERT IS WONDERFUL!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT !!!!!!!!
Chaquita-Philly More than 1 year ago
How can this movie be in such rotten shape. Please restore this Classic to it's former glory. "Columbia Classics" should be ashamed of themselves whoever they are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love old movies and this is the first one I saw with Clark Gable...love him!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly fun movie to watch, time and again. This is a very funny film, and the passage of time has done little to diminish the humor in this film. Claudette Colbert won a Best Actress award for this film and absolutely deserved it. At the end of this film you really want the main characters to be together.
QEJE More than 1 year ago
oldie but a great movie. After all it IS Clark Gable
Guest More than 1 year ago
My absolute all time favorite film!!A love story to end all love stories, and yet it doesn't have a kiss, a nude scene, or a nasty word in it. All aspects of this film are tops -- lighting, sound, acting, and directing. A window to a different time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'It Happened One Night' is the story of Peter Warren (Clark Gable), the happy go lucky newspaper hound who discovers that missing heiress, Ellie McPherson (Claudette Colbert) is actually traveling with him on the cross country night bus. Determined to expose Ellie, Peter finds himself falling for her instead. Director Frank Capra's original road trip movie gives us some real gems, not the least of which is watching Ellie hoist her skirt up to passer-bys on the open road in order to secure suitable transportation. Colbert, not always the most congenial of stars, absolutely refused to make this picture and had to be strong armed by Columbia chief, Harry Cohn. While working, Colbert reportedly didn¿t try very hard at playing her part, was constantly in conflict with Capra and, after principle photography was completed, stormed off the set declaring that this was the worst picture she had ever made. Small irony that the role Colbert liked the least is the one which garnered her only Best Actress Oscar. Gable, who had been loaned out by MGM as punishment for refusing to do a part in one of their pictures, took home the Best Actor statuette. So much for punishing `the king¿! Unfortunately, Columbia Home Video's presentation of this Academy Award winning masterwork is punishment enough. While the film has had extensive restoration, thanks to the Library of Congress, the DVD exhibits a generally soft picture with slightly out of focus images. Some scenes are so blurry that they suggest a dupe negative was cut into the first generation camera negative. There is some aliasing and shimmering, as well as an almost total loss of fine details during many of the scenes taking place at night.. The soundtrack has been restored as well but continues to exhibit a scratchy background hiss and distracting pops with varying degrees of audibility. The one extra worth mentioning is 'Frank Capra Jr. Remembers...' a snippet in which the son of the director talks about his father and the movie. It's too short but interesting nevertheless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite film (tied with the equally wonderful ''Amelie'')!!! What wit and humor! Sly sexual innuendos, hilarious quips (''Hey, brat.'' ''Are you talking to ME?'') and a totally lovable love story! This is such a great film, I just can't tell you, so go see it!
TJ_Darren More than 1 year ago
This was the first movie to win all of the top five categories of the Academy Award: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Plenty of laughs and romance. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are perfect in their roles and have great chemistry. It's a must have for any collector of classic movies.
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